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Old 03-02-2004, 08:09 PM
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I am thinking about buying a set of 10-15 KG's or Shimano TLD's. I already have 2 penn 15 KG's, and I like them. These reels are going to be used for sailfish, white marlin or light tackle chunking. Should I buy penns or shimanos? What are the pros and cons? Are the 20 pound penn and shimano outfits sufficient for sailfish and whites? I know when i was down in Florida and Costa Rica Sailfishing everyone had shimano Tld's. I don't remember if they were 20's or 30's.
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Old 03-02-2004, 08:23 PM
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I have TLD's and a 15KG of the two I prefer the 15KG. I should have a new Avet on my doorstep tonight so I hope to have a new favorite. I also have 4 Progears but they aren't as large as the Penn and don't have lever drags. I've found you can't slack off on maintaining the Progears, they will freeze up if you do. If there's a chance you'll want to pitch a live bait to a sighted sailfish I'd stay away from the Penns and look at Avet, Progear, or Newells.
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Old 03-02-2004, 08:40 PM
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What series Avet are you talking about?
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Old 03-02-2004, 08:45 PM
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we used 20tlds in guatamala (sp).... no problems with 15 to 20 hook ups a day.

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flying bridge do you use 2 speeds?
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Old 03-02-2004, 09:08 PM
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no, i dont think you need them for fishing off se coast of nc. do you use them?

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Old 03-02-2004, 10:12 PM
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Wow! I just got my blue Avet 402 EXW and mounted it on a Custom Seeker with matching blue guide wraps. If this reel fishes as good as it looks and feels I'm going to be very happy. I like the auto clicker-off function and the freespool is better than I've ever seen. It also has a button to lock the spool that will come in handy with a bottom snag (no need to mess with the drag setting). Charkbait threw in a nice reel cover with it too. I think I just got a little of that rush my girlfriend gets in the mall.
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Old 03-03-2004, 01:32 PM
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My 50's are all 2 speed.
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Old 03-04-2004, 09:38 AM
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When fishing here in Florida and when we go to Mexico to fish sailfish we use tld 20's. We do not use the two speed models, you don' really need the high and low just know your drag settings.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:34 AM
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The TLDs have been around for a while and are very well regarded, especially the smaller models (not the 50; it's fine for light use but has problems when pushed as hard as a metal reel; which is fair, since it's cheaper). The jury is still out on the Penns. One of the long range reel wizards told me that there were entirely too many dissimilar metals in the Penn composite two-speeds. Time will tell whether that's an issue or not. I have two TLD20IIs and I love them.

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Old 03-04-2004, 07:06 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I will probably end up with shimano tld 20s and 25s. Alot of tournament boats use them so it seems like they are the best. I may consider Avet because they are made in the U.S.A
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I have a Penn 10 KG on a Star Handcrafted 30-50lb rod that I do not use that much. Been used maybe 10 times.

Anyone interested in it?
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35Donzi,

Haven't tried the penn graphites, though we have 8 50VSWs and 4 70VSs. Haven't had any problems with them and penn's swapped out upgraded parts for free.

For our white marlin/light tackle tuna stuff we have 7 30tlds and 2 tld 25s. I think the tlds have historically been known for a better free spool out of the box. however, i've wiped off a lot of the excess grease from the 50VSWs and the freespool is as good as or better than our 2 tld 50s. Don't have penn 30s to compare to the TLD 30.

I think if you're using the reels strictly for whites then the tld 25 is the way to go...it's lighter than the tld 30. However, the smaller gear is nice when we're pulling a chunked tuna up from it's circle. If you're gonna be fishing them for tuna from a dead boat, 2-speed's are worth the extra weight.

At this point, i don't think you can go wrong with either company in terms of quality. we went with more shimanos because we already had 4. I like keeping a bunch of spare parts handy in case something goes wrong with one of the reels, and if you have 7 of the same reel you don't need as many different spare parts handy.

If you like your kg's, i'd reccomend getting more.

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